When the team arrived, 1,223 residents were depending on an open hand-dug well to sustain their most immediate water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, families were suffering from dysentery, typhoid, malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration. Most residents practice subsistence farming, and a few farmers are able to sell excess produce at nearby markets.
We installed new rods, riser main, drop pipe, cylinder, and chain. These new parts are all made of stainless steel.
The borehole is 56 meters deep with a static water level of three meters.
Not only did the team restore clean water to Batiera, but they also brought important information on hygiene and sanitation. They taught about hand-washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make an Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons were taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices and implement community-driven solutions.
During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of 4 men who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and who are responsible for collecting a well maintenance fee upon request for necessary repairs.
There is also a local primary school with 68 students whose students, teachers and administrative personnel now all have access to a safe water source. There are many students who will no longer be forced to leave class to collect water for their families. The rehabilitation of the well and new hand pump has greatly changed the livelihoods of 1,223 residents of Batiera I Community.